Archive for the ‘Serrano (ser)’ Category

AICLS in the news

24 July 2012

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is in the Oakland North in an article titled “Native Americans work to revitalize California’s indigenous languages.”

California, once the most linguistically dense area of what is now the United States, is today home to about 45 or about half the original number. To revitalize languages, the AICLS has developed their Breath of Life workshops and their Master Apprentice program.

To learn more about the language history of Southern California, see Joseph Henderer’s excellent film:

Southern California Indigenous Languages Pilot Film

Dorothy Ramon Learning Center

5 May 2007

Inspired by Dorothy Ramon, last fluent speaker of Serrano (ser), Morongo and San Manuel tribal members joined with others from Southern California to found the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center. In addition to Serrano and Desert Cahuilla classes, the Learning Center promotes cultural revitalization through basketry and music classes along with other activities. As of 2007, they are in the process of purchasing a new building. In association with the Learning Center is Ushkana Press, providing publishing services.

A Serrano dictionary is evidently in progress, and a publication with a series of bilingual texts has been published as Wayta’ Yawa’, both by Dorothy Ramon and linguist Eric Elliot. Two other resources for Serrano are Kenneth C. Hill’s 1967 doctoral thesis A Grammar of the Serrano Language and a computerized dictionary he evidently produced.

A dictionary of Cahuilla by Hansjakob Seiler is apparently available from the Malki Museum, and Elliot has also produced a bilingual text ‘ísill Héqwas Wáxisj.